24 Month OPT STEM Extension
March 11, 2016, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published its final rule to strenghten and enhance the optional practical training program (OPT) for F-1 international students in science, Technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
You have completed your degree in one of the following areas: Science Technology Engineering or Mathematics with a qualifying Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) Code.
Qualifying FDU degrees
Bachelor’s degree in: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Clinical Laboritory Science, Civil Engineering Technology, Computer Science, Construction Engineering Technology, Electrical Engineering, Electrical Engineering Technology, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Information Technology, Mathematics, Marine Biology, BA in Science.
Master’s degree in: Biology, Chemistry, Cosmetic Science, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electronic Commerce, Electrical Engineering, Management Information Systems (MS degree), Mathematics, Supply Chain Management.
If your FDU degree was in any other academic major, you are not eligible to apply for the OPT STEM extension.
If you have earned a STEM degree from another US institution within the previous 10 years you may qualify for a 24 Month OPT STEM extension with that degree.
You are currently on Standard Post Completion OPT.
The STEM Extension job is related to a STEM degree you have received and are apply with.
The STEM Extension position is full time (minimum 20 hours per week), paid, and is not a consulting firm or placement agency.
You are within 90 days of the OPT completion date on your EAD card.
The STEM Extension employer is registered in the E-verify system.
- You have not completed 2 previous 24 month STEM Extensions. (Students may qualify for up to two 24 month STEM Extensions during their lifetime. If you have already used a 17 month STEM extension you may only receive one 24 month STEM Extension)
You are not required to come to ISS to submit the packet. You may download the packet and submit the required documents to email@example.com or bring the documents in person to ISS during normal business hours.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR STEM STUDENTS
The new STEM OPT extension is a 24-month period of temporary training that directly relates to an F-1 student’s program of study in an approved STEM field and effectively replaces the 17‑month STEM OPT extension as of May 10, 2016. The rule increases the OPT extension period for STEM OPT students from the 2008 IFR's 17 months to 24 months. The final rule also makes F-1 students who subsequently enroll in a new academic program and earn another qualifying STEM degree at a higher educational level eligible for one additional 24-month STEM OPT extension.
Study in the States launched the STEM OPT Hub in coordination with this new rule to help school officials, F-1 students and interested employers understand the new regulation. On the STEM OPT Hub, stakeholders can find information regarding:
- The new Form I-983, “Training Plan for STEM OPT Students.”
- Reporting requirements for designated school officials (DSOs), students and employers.
- Eligibility requirements for students and guidance for DSOs to recommend OPT.
- Employer site visits.
- The DHS STEM Designated Degree List.
To read the entire Final Rule you may click http://www.regulations.gov/#!documentDetail;D=ICEB-2015-0002-43168